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WESTON UNDER WETHERLEY St Michael 4, 7½cwt in A (Anticlockwise) - Unringable

Grid Reference 151/360692 Weston under Wetherley Church - Source S Bullman
Postcode CV33 9BY
Recording None Available
Affiliation Coventry DG
Peals None
Sunday None
Practice None
Other Information Unringable. Anticlockwise

History

The church lies on the north side of the Leamington-Rugby road. It stands on a bank above the road and has a small inclosed churchyard. The church consists of chancel, north chapel, nave, north aisle, west tower, vestry, and south porch. There is evidence of a 12th-century church in the north and south walls of the chancel, consisting of the eastern halves of two semicircularheaded blocked windows. Early in the 13th century the church was almost entirely rebuilt; the tower was built early in the 14th century, except the top stage, added late in the 14th century; a north chapel was built in the 16th century, and, in relatively modern times, a vestry and south porch.

These bells are very unringable, but the frame and fittings are of quite some historic interest and should be treated with care if the bells are ever to be restored. The bells hang in a seventeenth century oak frame built for four bells; it dates from about 1640. The stocks are possibly contemporary, but the wheels, clappers and some of the supporting ironwork were renewed in the early nineteenth century.

Bells two & three are badly cracked from the soundbow to the waist, due to being "clocked". This is a real pity as they are two of only three existing bells by this founder. Church Bells of Warwickshire says that the second was cracked as far back as 1830. The treble and tenor are said to be able to be swing chimed. All the bells bar the treble are "listed".

All the bells retain their canons and none have been quarter turned. The notes of the treble and tenor are D and A respectively, those of the middle bells are too badly cracked to check if they accurately form the missing notes of the scale.

Details of the Bells

1 Hugh Watts II, Leicester               1624   4½cwt  27.50"  1193.5Hz (D+28c)
2 Galfridus (Geoffrey) Giles, Coventry   1583   5cwt   29.00"
3 Galfridus (Geoffrey) Giles, Coventry   1583   6cwt   31.625"
4 Watts, Leicester (Generic)           c.1592   7½cwt  34.50"   868.0Hz (A-24c)

Photo Gallery

The Church - Looking East.  Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson The Church - Looking West.  Source: Aidan MacRae Thomson Church Plan.  Source: British History Online
The Church - Looking East The Church - Looking West A Plan of the Church

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